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300 REJECTIONS

BOOM! 300 REJECTIONS. Didn’t even take two years.

But enough about that. There’s good news in town.

I’m still gathering my thoughts on how best to express how I feel about the end, in some respects, of a long, hard ride. (And the start of another, no doubt.) But the news is no secret. Have yourself a look at the new page up above (the one in ALL CAPS). And of course you already know the news if you  follow me on Twitter (@courtmerrigan), or we’re buddies on Facebook. Why aren’t you following me on Twitter? Why aren’t we buddies on Facebook?

I’m going to post on my upcoming short story collection in intelligible fashion in the very near future. Along with other good news, too.

I’d just like to note here that these 300 logged rejections don’t include the rejections that flowed from my first bout of short story-itis back around 2003-2006-ish. I wasn’t keeping track of things back then. I’d guesstimate the true number is around 500. Give or take.

But whatever. 300 rejections ain’t nothing, man, if it gets you where you want to go. Neither is 500. For the last week I’ve truly, finally felt that I’m on the way.

Head on over to the Failure page to see the damage, though.

Persistence above all: "Long Christmas" is up at 50 to 1; Staccato takes "Stumpy Got Away The First Day"

My little 50-word ditty, “Long Christmas” is up at 50 to 1.  You’ve got 17 seconds to spare to read it, don’t you, and maybe another 17 or so to comment?  My thanks.

Another little flash of mine, “Stumpy Got Away The First Day” will be up this Thursday at Staccato Microfiction.

I’m kind of proud of this little guy.  It endured 17 (!) rejections before Chris at Staccato saw fit to take it in.  I thought this one might have a little trouble getting published, but 17 rejections seems a tad harsh.

In publishing, persistence above all.

Persistence above all: “Long Christmas” is up at 50 to 1; Staccato takes “Stumpy Got Away The First Day”

My little 50-word ditty, “Long Christmas” is up at 50 to 1.  You’ve got 17 seconds to spare to read it, don’t you, and maybe another 17 or so to comment?  My thanks.

Another little flash of mine, “Stumpy Got Away The First Day” will be up this Thursday at Staccato Microfiction.

I’m kind of proud of this little guy.  It endured 17 (!) rejections before Chris at Staccato saw fit to take it in.  I thought this one might have a little trouble getting published, but 17 rejections seems a tad harsh.

In publishing, persistence above all.